My phone gave out on me over the weekend. The screen is busted but the phone still functions. It was a frustrating way to end Friday.
I still have my other phone from my senior year in college. It’s nothing more than a glorified MP3 player.
There’s a lot of old memories on it. The songs that I listened to over and over during my commute to the restaurant where I met my husband Javier.
Photos that I had taken with my mother when she flew up here to the Twin Cities for my graduation.
Then the photos and me and my husband Javier before we had gotten married. He was still living with his friends and I was subletting with some other graduates. It’s hard to see us with our son Chris clinging to our legs.
I realized that I actually used to listen to a lot of music in Spanish before I started to study Spanish for real. Going back and understanding those lyrics on another level sure is amazing. Some old Japanese songs were on there too. And my short-lived obsession with electro swing.
I’m not the only one caught up in nostalgia. Square Enix released the first part of their Final Fantasy VII remake nearly two weeks ago. I played Final Fantasy X during middle school. I loved that I could heal all my characters if I found a checkpoint. When I decided to try out FFVII, I realized that I could do no such thing. So, yeah, I backed away from the challenge!
I remember watching my brother FFVII. I remember falling in love with the big three: Cloud, Tifa, and Barrett.
Ah, Barrett. Imagine my confusion when I saw a black man in a Japanese video game!
He swore a lot. He was feisty.
Of course, all the characters got a major makeover for the Advent Children movie and the video games that focused on the anti-hero Vincent Valentine.
So many good memories. Sitting there with my sister as we watched our brother defeat enemies. The best song ever: 闘う者達 （たたかうもの）”tatakau mono” — Fighters. The piano version for the film is amazing too. I saw the sheet music and swirved on it though.
Companies like Disney and Square Enix are definitely onto something: nostalgia is one heck of a powerful marketing and sales tactic. These remakes are tugging at our heartstrings and wallets.
I never play video games. I despise how Javier is always on his phone playing a mobile version of Call of Duty.
But the game’s language settings are in English and Javier is learning quite a bit of vocabulary.
I’m tempted to go out and get a PS4 and play FFVII in Japanese. Very much tempted.
Instead, I went on the Skype BBS board and connected with a girl in Japan who is playing the game herself. I’ll just go on YouTube and look at a walkthrough like I’ve always done for games I can’t afford.
I got up this morning wanting to upload a video about the remake to my Instagram stories. But then I remembered my predicament with my phone screen.
I also wanted to share the virtual Language Conference that Chatterbug is hosting this Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. There’s no cost to attend but you can donate to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support their efforts against the Corona Virus.
Here’s to a week of nostalgia, memories, and languages!